I took my child to mirror image for lessons, and while there I heard constant arguing between the instructors, saw highly qualified people belittled by the owner (when and if she was there) and saw many great teachers come and go.
The parents that have left are not overly negative people, they just saw through the lies, procrastination, and disorganization. As far as dancers that have left over the past years, and calling them ""not typically very talented"" please realize, that these dancers have left for other studios, and have made it into some pretty impressive dance programs.
It says a lot about a business when turnover on employees is high, and not just teachers, also office staff. They are what most people refer to as a ""dance factory"" and care more about how much money they can make, than the well being of the child.
As far as certification goes, Their two main teachers for the younger groups have little experience in teaching. One of them became a student at mirror image in high school, and has had maybe 3 years of classes, the other, ""self taught"" herself tap.
Recital time is always hectic and crazy at all dance studios, but this one takes the cake. Not only is it disorganized and never on time (starting..or finishing) but during dress rehearsal when all things are supposed to be ready to go, one of the owners makes her yearly appearance and seems to change things last minute. EVERYTHING is done this way. They also do an annual nutcracker performance where it seems that the teachers seem to have all the parts.
While I understand that no dance studio is perfect, there are far better places that seem to care about the students and have quality instruction.
Pros: You can always find a parking spot